"Mark 16:15 preach the gospel to every creature. Matthew 28:20 Teaching them to observe (do) all things whatsoever I (Jesus Christ) have commanded: Revelation 22:13 I am Alpha and Omega .. 14 Blessed are they that do his commandments, .. they .. have right to the tree of life, and .. enter .. the city."
I am a retired pastor of
the Church of God (Tennessee).
My name is Isaac Livingston. I am from Neyyoor India.
This page editorial help: Sister Lynn near Atlanta, GA
If, new birth, justification, regeneration, sanctification, redemption, etc, do not manifest in our lives, we don't have them. We must study the Bible in its own context. But, pastors and preachers wrest scriptures from their contexts, and claim that their sermons are from God.
Christians use many Bible terminologies in our religious groups to show others that we are in the church. For example, words like born again, justification, regeneration, sanctification, redemption, grace, etc, are used very frequently. When God uses any word or statement, they are used with meaning and they must stand up to the test, that is, they must be accountable and verifiable. But, when we use these words, we use them as clichés; they are neither accountable nor verifiable. Again, we will define these words in such a way, that these words should not bind us in anyway. Let me explain with one word, and it can be applied to every word. Let me take a word 'born again'. It is our spirit birth. Born again is receiving the holy spirit from God, as our souls have received the flesh body at conception and our first birth. "John 3:6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit." Here is only one fact that God gives us the holy spirit as a gift and God seals it with our soul. If this does not happen, whatever we do other than this, it does not matter, we are not born again. But, churches say that we 'born again' by faith. What they mean is, if you believe that you are born again, then you are born again. Here they make two mistakes. They call it 'born again', which is not 'born again'. They call it 'faith', which is not 'faith'. Whatever we believe is not faith. "James 2:26 For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also." Our faith must be based on what God told us that he will do, and if we believe that God will do it as he said, it is faith. If it is supported by our life or what we do, then it will be our faith. If it is not, then our faith is fake. If we do not receive the holy spirit from God, our 'born again' is also a fake cliché. Preachers use such clichés for define words; like Justification, Regeneration, Sanctification, etc. Churches say that they are subsequent to be born again, through faith in the blood of Christ. New birth is not the "faith in the blood of Christ." If we claim the Bible words for ourselves, we must be real and must stand up to the test that is verifiable. We must not use them to brag about ourselves. I have a few links that you may check out to know what they really mean, and what responsibilities we have when using Bible vocabularies.
Please verify them from these links. "Justification", "Regeneration", "Born Again", "Redemption", "Sanctification", "Faith". Thank you.
God Bless You